SoCal Mosque Vandalized, Graffiti Cites NZ Christchurch Massacre

HeadlineMar 26, 2019

Police in Escondido, in Southern California, are investigating a fire and acts of vandalism at a mosque as a possible hate crime. After fire crews were called to the Islamic Center of Escondido on Sunday, they found graffiti referencing the recent mass murder in New Zealand, which was carried out by a white supremacist terrorist and killed 50 Muslim worshipers at two mosques. Police confirmed the reports but have not revealed the contents of the graffiti messages or identified any suspects. Congregants were able to contain the blaze, and there are no reported injuries. The head of the local Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a statement, “While the majority of humanity has responded to the tragedy [in New Zealand] to draw closer to one another and refute hatred, a violent and hate-filled minority seeks further divisions. … We stand in solidarity with our community members.”

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